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2020 Chinese University Rankings - Top Choices for Postgraduate Study

With around 1,200 universities, China is one of the world’s emerging academic powerhouses. It’s also a popular international postgraduate destination, hosting almost 140,000 foreign students.

The Chinese government is committed to improving its higher education system and has committed a great deal of funding in recent years. Their financial backing has translated into success in global rankings, and this page provides a summary of China’s performance in the three main league tables.

Top Ranked Chinese Universities

The following table lists the best 20 universities in China in 2020, according to global rankings.

This information is based on the latest rankings tables, researched and published by Times Higher Education, QS and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

Each ranking system uses its own methodology, with different factors having more or less influence on a university's result.

For more information on using international rankings as a postgraduate, see our guide.

Top 20 Chinese Universities in 2020
University THE 2020 QS 2020 ARWU 2019
Tsinghua University 23 16 43
Peking University 24 =22 53
University of Science and Technology of China =80 89 101-150
Zhejiang University =107 54 70
Fudan University 109 40 101-150
Nanjing University =144 =120 151-200
Shanghai Jiao Tong University =157 =60 82
Sun Yat-sen University 251-300 =287 101-150
Beijing Normal University 301-350 =277 201-300
Huazhong University of Science and Technology 301-350 =400 101-150
Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) 301-350 - 401-500
Nankai University 351-400 =368 201-300
Wuhan University 351-400 =257 151-200
Central South University 401-500 701-750 151-200
Harbin Institute of Technology 401-500 =277 151-200
Hunan University 401-500 701-750 301-400
Tongji University 401-500 265 201-300
Beihang University 501-600 =462 201-300
East China Normal University 501-600 531-540 501-600
Renmin University of China 501-600 - 701-800
Information in this table is based on the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings, QS World University Rankings and Academic Ranking of World Universities. Visit their websites for more information.

How do rankings work for Masters study?

International rankings use all sorts of metrics to assess universities and they aren't all equally relevant to postgraduate study. That's why we've put together a guide to university rankings for Masters students.

So, how good are Chinese universities for Masters study?

As you can see, Chinese universities perform impressively across all three major ranking systems, with several institutions appearing in the global top 200. There’s good strength in depth, too – all 20 Chinese universities are in at least the top 600, depending on which league table you’re looking at.

It’s also worth consulting region-specific ranking systems, such as the Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings. This particular league table ‘recalibrates’ the metrics used by global rankings to give a clearer idea of Asian universities’ position relative to each other. Chinese universities also perform well here, with nine institutions in the top 50.

Top Chinese Universities - THE Asia University Rankings
University 2019 Rank
Tsinghua University 1
Peking University 5
University of Science and Technology of China 12
Zhejiang University 14
Fudan University 17
Nanjing University 18
Shanghai Jiao Tong University 24
Wuhan University 37
Sun Yat-sen University =38
Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) 41
Information in this table is based on the latest Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings.

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Last updated - 30/09/2019

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